Just ahead of its Summer Tour opener in Bend, Oregon, tonight, Phish has released a few updates on MagnaBall and also the band’s annual pre-tour sampler download, LiveBait 11.
MagnaBall, a three-day festival at Watkins Glen International from Aug. 21 to 23, is Phish’s 10th festival. In a second wave drop of news, it was announced that the JEMP Record Store, which was a big hit at Super Ball IX, will return this year. Rift will be released on vinyl for the first time. On 180-gram water-blue vinyl, it will only be available at the JEMP store.
In an effort to help the environment and keep the grounds clean, Phish announced its MagnaWater Program, where attendees can bring up to 32-ounce, refillable bottles and top them off with cold, filtered water for $1 per fill. Each dollar goes to the WaterWheel Foundation. There will also be stations throughout the festival to fill up with regular drinking water.
The band also released LiveBait 11, a sampler of live songs for free download. Highlights include a 24-minute “Runaway Jim” from Shoreline Ampitheater on 7-31-1997, a raucous “Tweezer” from Pauley Pavillion on 12-1-1996 and the “Prince Caspian>Light” from Dick’s Sporting Goods Arena on 9-1-2012.